Learn About Our Programs

Our programs are offered for a wide range of ages intended to expose participants to the wonders of the natural world around us. Special accommodations are available for all programs with adequate notification.

Upcoming events

    • 05/23/2015
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 8

    Adults are now welcome to come along on the program as well.

    Ages 12 years old and up

    Come learn about the American Kestrel, a small flacon of Calvert County, and the nest box monitoring program. After a talk at the nature center we will drive to some local farms and check the status of some of the nest boxes.

    Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers

    Bring a lunch, a water bottle, and binoculars if you have them.

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline: May 21

    • 05/23/2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Nans Cove Kayak Launch, Broomes Island
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 9 years to adult

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Enjoy the sunset on the Patuxent River. We’ll meet at Nan’s Cove kayak launch off Broome’s Island Road.

    Location: Nan's Cove Kayak Launch

    Reservations and payment are required in advance -  Please register before: May 19

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline: May 19

    Fee is per person. 

    $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers. 
    $5 per person if you provide your own kayak.

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    • 05/27/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 3
    For Volunteers, Ages 15 and up, Under 18 with adult

    Accompany naturalist Shannon Steele as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes.  Have fun trekking through seldom-seen parts of the swamp, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some fuzzy little nestlings.  If you were unable to attend the warbler info sessions last month, this is a great opportunity to learn how you can help with this study. 

    The number of participants is limited so that there is less impact on the swamp and the birds are disturbed as little as possible.  If you are unable to attend one of the Prothonotary Warbler programs but would still like to help, please contact Shannon Steele at steelesj@co.cal.md.us

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Friday, May 22. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 05/29/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    After an outdoor puppet show, head down to the beach to see where animals like terrapins and horseshoe crabs would lay their eggs.  Dress your child in clothes that can get wet.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park.  

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 27. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 05/29/2015
    • 10:30 PM
    • 05/30/2015
    • 12:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For All ages
    Adult participation is required

    Want to see some horseshoe crabs spawning on the beach by starlight? Join us for this unique chance to see Flag Ponds at night! With luck we will see horseshoe crabs spawning at the water’s edge or maybe bioluminescent comb jellies in the water!
    Bring a flashlight, insect repellent, and wear shoes that can get wet. You may want to have a change of clothes for the way home.


    Program Fee:
    free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required by May 26.

    • 06/04/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 7
    For 16 years to Adults

    Throughout the spring and summer, we'll revisit the plot locations from a 1990 vegetation study to assess changes in the plant communities at Flag Ponds. This information will also be used to develop the M.A.P.S. habitat structure assessment. 

    Even if your plant identification skills are rusty (or lacking), helping staff and more experience volunteers record data, take photos, and create maps will allow you to learn how to identify the common and uncommon plants in the area.

    Results of the survey will be posted on the M.A.P.S. web page

    Dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes.

    Bring a lunch and water bottle. Hand-lens, binoculars, and field guides are optional.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Free.

    Download the Registration Form (pdf)

    • 06/06/2015
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 3

    For Ages 18 years old and up

    Come join us for a light up stand up paddle board trip. We will paddle on the Chesapeake Bay at Flag Ponds Park and see what animals we may find hiding in the shallows.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park we will meet at the education building

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline: May 26

    Fee is per person.
    $75 for BCNES members
    $85 for nonmembers

    Due to the limited number of paddle boards with light systems, we will only have room for 5 people for the paddle. If we have enough people interested we can set up another trip on separate date as well. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    • 06/11/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    ou don't have to look hard to find art supplies in nature. We will go on a short hike to find some beautiful things and then create some natural art of our own.

    Special registration information: Dress in clothes that can get dirty. If you have an oversized old shirt that could be used as a smock, please bring it along.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by June 9.

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 06/11/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    ou don't have to look hard to find art supplies in nature. We will go on a short hike to find some beautiful things and then create some natural art of our own.

    Special registration information: Dress in clothes that can get dirty. If you have an oversized old shirt that could be used as a smock, please bring it along.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by June 9.

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 06/13/2015
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park

    All ages, under 16 with an adult.

    Join Master Naturalist Karen Anderson to explore the winter bird life of our new Ward Farm Nature Park in Dunkirk.

    Dress for the weather--we'll be outside the whole time.

    Bring binoculars and field guides.

    Free

    • 06/13/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 1

    For Ages 9 years to adult

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Come explore the marsh surrounding Cocktown Creek in its early summer glory.  We will focus on marsh plant ID and uses.  With luck, we will see the marsh hibiscus and the pickeral weed in bloom.

    Location: King's Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool

    Reservations and payment are required by June 11.

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Fee is per person.
    $15 for members
    $30 for nonmembers
    $5 if you bring your own kayak

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    Download the Registration Form (pdf)

    • 06/13/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park
    • 8

    Ages 12-16 - Adult participation is not required

    Ward Farm Nature Park - Ward Road, Dunkirk

    This pond adventure will get us wet and muddy in the pond at this new property. We will wade in with nets and buckets and do our best to identify what we find.

    Bring water, a snack, bug spray, sunscreen, and a towel.

    Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and dirty. You’ll want a change of clothes for the way home.

     

    Advanced registration is required - Please register by Thursday, June 11

    Fee per person: free for members; $8 for non-members per person

    • 06/15/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 3
    For Volunteers, Ages 15 and up, Under 18 with adult

    Accompany naturalist  Shannon Steele as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes.  Have fun trekking through seldom-seen parts of the swamp, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some fuzzy little nestlings.  If you were unable to attend the warbler info sessions last month, this is a great opportunity to learn how you can help with this study. 

    The number of participants is limited so that there is less impact on the swamp and the birds are disturbed as little as possible.  If you are unable to attend one of the Prothonotary Warbler programs but would still like to help, please contact Shannon Steele at steelesj@co.cal.md.us

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, June 11. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 06/16/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Learn about the animals that live in our creeks and streams. We’ll be wading in the water catching animals so wear clothes and shoes that you can get wet and dirty and bring a change of clothes. 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: June 12th

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 06/16/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Learn about the animals that live in our creeks and streams. We’ll be wading in the water catching animals so wear clothes and shoes that you can get wet and dirty and bring a change of clothes. 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: June 12

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 06/24/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 1

     

    Ages 10-13, Adult participation not required

    For every human in the world, there are 200 million insects!  How much do you know about the buggy world around you? Come to Kings Landing Park to learn all about insect anatomy and make a container to use on a bug hunt. We’ll search the park for insects, and then learn some techniques for preserving and labeling our collections. Be prepared for a hike on and off the trails! Bring a bagged lunch and a refillable water bottle.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    • 06/27/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 12 years to adult

    Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    The naturalist will lead you to the heron rookery where you will, hopefully, see and hear the Great Blue Herons and their nestlings from the water. Kayaking experience required.

    Location: Kings Landing Park.  Meet at the parking lot by the pool.

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) by Thursday, June 25.  No phone or email reservations accepted.

    Fee is per person.
    $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers

    $5 if you bring your own kayak

       

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    Download the Registration Form (pdf)

    • 06/27/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 4
    For Ages 6 to 9
    Adult participation is required

    Your children will have fun helping the naturalist catch and collect ladybugs for Cornell's Lost Ladybug Project.  Learn how you can particpiate in this citizen science project in your own backyard.

    LocationKings Landing Park

    Reservations are required by Thursday, June 25. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 06/29/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/02/2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp

    Monday-Thursday, June 29-July 2, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    We will set out on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. From the creek to the fields who knows what we may find. Parents are not required to stay during the camp. No younger or older siblings allowed.

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $60
    Nonmembers: $75

    Each child must be registered separately.
    You may register online, by mail, or in person. See the Registration Information page for details.

    • 06/29/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/03/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    Children entering grades 3-5
    Monday-Wednesday, June 29, 30 and July 1, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 2, 6:00 p.m. overnight through
    Friday, July 3, 9:00 a.m.

    There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    If you like exploring wet places and catching water animals – then this fun camp is for you! This week we will wade into some marvelous wet places like the creek, the swamp, and the Bay. As we go, we will learn firsthand about the animals and plants that depend on water – including ourselves. We’ll end the week with an overnight so we can discover some watery places by the light of the stars. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!
    Special registration information: Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers for the overnight’s potluck cookout.

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $200
    Nonmembers: $230

     

    • 06/29/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 5

    For Ages 12 years to adult

    Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    The naturalist will lead you to the heron rookery where you will, hopefully, see and hear the Great Blue Herons and their nestlings from the water. Kayaking experience required.

    Location: Kings Landing Park.  Meet at the parking lot by the pool.

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) by Thursday, June 25.  No phone or email reservations accepted.

    Program is Free to Volunteers

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity.

    • 06/30/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    Following some fun indoor activities and a meet-and-greet with a live frog and toad, take a walk with the naturalist to look for amphibians.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required by Friday, June 26. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 06/30/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    Following some fun indoor activities and a meet-and-greet with a live frog and toad, take a walk with the naturalist to look for amphibians.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required by Friday, June 26. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 07/02/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 8
    For 16 years to Adults

    Throughout the spring and summer, we'll revisit the plot locations from a 1990 vegetation study to assess changes in the plant communities at Flag Ponds. This information will also be used to develop the M.A.P.S. habitat structure assessment. 

    Even if your plant identification skills are rusty (or lacking), helping staff and more experience volunteers record data, take photos, and create maps will allow you to learn how to identify the common and uncommon plants in the area.

    Results of the survey will be posted on the M.A.P.S. web page

    Dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes.

    Bring a lunch and water bottle. Hand-lens, binoculars, and field guides are optional.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Free.

    Download the Registration Form (pdf)

    • 07/02/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 7

    Ages 10-13; adult participation is not required.

    The Maryland Biodiversity Project needs help documenting all the plants and animals of Maryland.  Teens will have fun exploring the park as they capture as many animals on camera as possible.  They can bring their own camera or help catch animals for the naturalist to photograph.  Wear clothes that can get wet/dirty and bring a bag lunch, water, backpack and camera (optional).

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee: Free for BCNES members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, June 30 Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 07/06/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/09/2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10
    For children entering Grades 1 and 2

    Monday-Thursday, July 6-9, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Your children can explore the fascinating world of reptiles and amphibians as they play games and use seine nets, dip nets and traps to safely view these animals.  Students will investigate their differences and learn why herps are important.  There will be encounters with live animals every day.

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Additional Information about camp

    Reservations are required by Monday, June 29. Register online or by mail.

    If you have any questions, email cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327.

    • 07/06/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/10/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Children entering grades 6-8
    Monday-Wednesday, July 6-8, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 9, 7:30 a.m. overnight trip to Western MD
    Friday, July 10, pick up @ 6:00p.m.

    Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday – Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday – Kings Landing Park
    Thursday meets at Kings Landing Park for overnight trip
    Friday pick up at Kings Landing park
    This week we will explore all things aquatic while learning the basics of getting around on the water using a variety of watercraft like canoes, kayaks, and river rafts. We’ll explore different aquatic habitats as we retrace the path that water takes from the mountains to the Bay – in reverse. The last 2 days will be an overnight adventure to western Maryland - including tubing on Antietum Creek and rafting on the Shenandoah River. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $250
    Nonmembers: $280

    Please fill out the following waivers and return both before the first day of camp. A separate form is needed for each camper for each day.

    Parental waiver for Thursday

    Parental waiver for Friday

     

    • 07/07/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Butterflies are all around our garden during the summer time. We will learn about the life stages of the butterfly and what flowers they like to feed on while we search for them through the park.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 2

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 07/07/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 10

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Butterflies are all around our garden during the summer time. We will learn about the life stages of the butterfly and what flowers they like to feed on while we search for them through the park.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Thursday July 2

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 07/11/2015
    • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Hutchins Pond, Owings
    • 10

    Cane Pole Fishing

    For Ages: 10-13 years old

    Adult participation is not required.

    Program Fee: Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Come to Hutchins Pond where we will teach you how to make a cane pole and use one.  We will fish for bluegill and bass.

    Location: Hutchins Pond

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Monday July 6

    Program Fee may be paid online by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 07/11/2015
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Park, Lusby
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages: 6-9 years old
    Adult participation is required.

    Ever wonder what frogs live near us?  We will venture into the swamp and catch and record the different types of frogs that we find. Be sure to wear clothes and shoes you can get muddy and bring an extra set to change into.  

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Program Fee: Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline: Monday July 6


    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 07/13/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/16/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 7

    For children entering Grades 3-5

    Monday, July 13 - Wednesday, July 15, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Thursday, July 16, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    There will be no camp on Thursday prior to 4:00 p.m. 

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park (Mon-Tues)

    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Wed-Thurs)

    Your children can explore the fascinating world of birds as they bird watch, check nest boxes, dissect owl pellets, and make bird feeders.  Thursday evening will be a hoot! After supper over the campfire, the young birders will meet the nature center’s live owls and will take a hike to look for birds at night.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Additional Information about camp

    Reservations are required by Monday, July 6. Register online or by mail.

    If you have any questions, email cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327.

    • 07/13/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/17/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 1
    Entering Grades 7-9

    Monday July 13-Wednesday, July 15, 9:00 a.m-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 16, 4:00 .p.m overnight through Friday, July 17, 9:00 a.m.

    Note: There is no camp before 4:00 p.m. Thursday or after 9:00 a.m. Friday

    Location:

    Monday: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    Tuesday: Ward Farm Nature Park
    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park
    Thursday-Friday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Come see the parks like never before as we explore the far reaches of our parks. Be prepared to travel by land and water as we set off on our adventures. We will end our week with a camp out at Flag Ponds Park. Food for the overnight and camping fees are included.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $200
    Nonmembers: $230

    • 07/14/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    What lives in the shallow water close to shore?  We will use nets to find out. Both adults and children will need to be prepared to get wet.  Water shoes strongly recommended.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by July 10. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 07/18/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 9

    For Ages 9 years to adult

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Explore the fascinating natural world of Kings Landing Park by kayak.

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) by Thursday, July 16.  No phone or email reservations accepted.

    Fee is per person.
    $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers   

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    Download the Registration Form (pdf)

    • 07/18/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 6

    For Ages: 6-9 years, Adult participation required.

    Your children will have fun using a seine net to help the naturalist catch and document fish for the Maryland Biodiversity Project.  Learn how you can participate in this citizen science project in your own backyard.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    These programs allow students to investigate firsthand the life found in and around our area.

    Reservations are required by Thursday, July 16. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee: Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Program Fee may be paid online by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 07/20/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/24/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10
    For girls entering grades 2-4

    Monday-Friday, July 20-24, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Send your daughters to Flag Ponds Park for a week of adventure and excitement.  They will discover their hidden talents as they learn how to use a compass, identify plants and animals, tie knots, and cook over a fire.  Your girls will boost their self-confidence and build new friendships as they face fun new challenges every day.

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Reservations are required by Monday, July 13. Register online or by mail.

    If you have any questions, email cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327.

    • 07/20/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/24/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 3
    For boys entering grades 2-4

    Monday-Friday, July 20-24, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    As Sons of the Forest we will explore Flag Ponds Nature Park. From sloshing in the swamp to hiking through the forest we will leave no stone unturned as we learn about the natural world around us. We’ll also do fun crafts, build survival forts and cook over a fire. So bring you sense of adventure and join us for a fun week outside!

    Fee per camper:Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 07/21/2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • 07/22/2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 9

    Ages 10-13, Adult participation not required

    Come to Kings Landing Park for a campout!  We will learn some camping basics like fire-building, putting up a tent, and outdoor cooking.  We’ll also play some field games, try our hand at archery, and do some star-gazing.  We will end the night by learning how to retire an American Flag in the fire.  Campers should pack accordingly for outdoor activities; closed toe shoes and a refillable water bottle are required.  Campers are encouraged to bring their own tent; please indicate in registration whether a tent is needed for your camper.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person: $10 for Society members

    $18 for Nonmembers
       

    • 07/26/2015
    • 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 10

    For children ages 12-16 years, no adults required

    Scientists use bird banding data in research and management projects such as studies of migration, behavior, and life-span. Come find out what bird banding is all about, and with luck, get to help band a bird of your own. 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale
      

    Fee per person: free for members, $8 for nonmembers

    Please register by July 24 

      
      
      
      
     

    • 07/27/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/30/2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For children entering grades 1-2
    Monday, July 27 -Thursday, July 30, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Location:
    Monday and Tuesday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Wednesday and Thursday – Flag Ponds Nature Park

    You don’t need to go on safari to see wildlife – there’s a ton of wildlife to be seen here in Calvert County, if you know here to look. During this camp, we will take the time to look closely for life under logs, stones, even in the mud! Using tools like nets, buckets, and shovels, we’ll search high and low, on land and in the water for bugs, worms, fish and whatever else we can find. In addition to our outdoor explorations, games and journals will help us learn about Calvert County’s “wild things.”


    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180


    • 07/27/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/31/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 9
    For children entering Grades 4 and 5

    Monday, July 27-Wednesday, July 29, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
    Thursday July 30, 4:00 p.m. overnight through Friday, July 31, 10:00 a.m.

    There is no camp before 4:00 pm Thursday or after 10:00 am Friday.

    Locations:

    Monday: Kings Landing Park 
    Tuesday: Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Thursday-Friday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    From the beaches to the forests there are many animals that live in our area. We’ll explore our parks to learn about animals big and small. Activities will include habitat exploration, observing wild animals in the field, up close encounters with our exhibit animals and an overnight campout at Flag Ponds Nature Park.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $200
    Nonmembers: $230

    • 07/29/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center, Prince Frederick
    • 3
    For Volunteers, Ages 15 and up, Under 18 with adult

    Accompany naturalist  Shannon Steele as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes.  Have fun trekking through seldom-seen parts of the swamp, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some fuzzy little nestlings.  If you were unable to attend the warbler info sessions in April, this is a great opportunity to learn how you can help with this study. 

    The number of participants is limited so that there is less impact on the swamp and the birds are disturbed as little as possible.  If you are unable to attend one of the Prothonotary Warbler programs but would still like to help, please contact Shannon Steele at steelesj@co.cal.md.us

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, July 27. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 07/30/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Puppets will teach your children about crayfish and other mudbugs. After some muddy activities, hike around the boardwalk to look for crayfish clues.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, July 28. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

     

    • 07/30/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 10
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Puppets will teach your children about crayfish and other mudbugs. After some muddy activities, hike around the boardwalk to look for crayfish clues.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, July 28. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.


    • 08/03/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/07/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 7

    Fee reduced! 

    Don't wait to sign up - registration closes May 31!

     

    For children entering grades 9-11
    Monday-Wednesday, August 3-5, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, August 6, 7:00 a.m. overnight through
    Friday, August 7, 6:00 p.m.

    This week will be an epic adventure which test our limits as we immerse ourselves in the habitats around us. Here in Calvert County, we will wade in to the cypress swamp and explore the nearshore Chesapeake Bay.

    The week will culminate with a two-day overnight trip to Assateague Island National Seashore where we will camp in the dunes and experience the effects of the salty ocean firsthand.

    Highlights include include half day research boat trip, surf lesson, and day-long program with national park service ranger.
     

    Fee includes dinner and snacks Thursday, breakfast, lunch and snacks Friday, outfitters fees, and tents  

    Fee per camper: Society members: $300
    Nonmembers: $350

    Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday*–Morgan State Marine Lab at Jefferson Patterson Park
    Wednesday* – Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Thursday - meets at Kings Landing Park for the trip to Assateague Island National Seashore
    Friday – return to Kings Landing Park


    *these days may be changed due to the weather

    Please fill out this waiver and return it before the first day of camp: OC Surf Sessions Release form

     

    • 08/03/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/07/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 9

    For children entering Grades 4-6

    Monday, August 3 - Friday, August 7, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Photo Presentation for Families: Friday, August 7, 3:00 p.m.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park (Mon, Thurs, & Fri)
    Kings Landing Park  (Tues)
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Wed)

    Your children will capture the natural wonders of Calvert County Parks on camera. In addition to fun camp activities, they will learn camera basics and picture-taking tips. After camp on Friday, families are invited to a presentation highlighting campers’ work. Campers must provide their own digital camera.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Additional Information about camp

    Reservations are required by Monday, July 27. Register online or by mail.

    If you have any questions, email cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327.

    • 08/05/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 7

    Ages 10-13, Adult participation not required

    Come to Kings Landing Park to practice your archery skills!  Never shot a bow and arrow?  No problem, we'll have a short lesson for beginners before we start. Bring a refillable water bottle.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    • 08/06/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Nature is full of wonderful colors. We will look for every color in the rainbow as we hike along the trails at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Friday July 31

    Naturalist in Charge; Gene Groshon

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 08/06/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 1

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Nature is full of wonderful colors. We will look for every color in the rainbow as we hike along the trails at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Friday July 31

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 08/08/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 4

    For Ages: 6-9 years, Adult participation required.

    Explore the oyster baskets at the pier to see animals that inhabit an oyster reef.  The animals that your children find will be photographed and documented for the Maryland Biodiversity Project.  Learn how you can participate in this citizen science project at home.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee: Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, August 6. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327.


    • 08/11/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, HUntingtown
    • 1
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park 

    You can’t eat them, but it sure is fun to make them! Join in the muddy fun as we explore the mud –how it feels, how it smells - what animals live in the mud? Come prepared for getting wet and dirty (adults and kids both), wear old sneakers that you can wear in the water (no flip flops), an old towel, and bring a change of clothes for the way home.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Fee is per family: free to Society members; $8 for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by August 7

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 08/11/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, HUntingtown
    • 5
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park 

    You can’t eat them, but it sure is fun to make them! Join in the muddy fun as we explore the mud –how it feels, how it smells - what animals live in the mud? Come prepared for getting wet and dirty (adults and kids both), wear old sneakers that you can wear in the water (no flip flops), an old towel, and bring a change of clothes for the way home.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Fee is per family: free to Society members; $8 for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by August 7

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 08/11/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 3
    For Volunteers, Ages 15 and up, Under 18 with adult

    Accompany naturalist  Shannon Steele as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes.  Have fun trekking through seldom-seen parts of the swamp, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some fuzzy little nestlings.  If you were unable to attend the warbler info sessions in April, this is a great opportunity to learn how you can help with this study. 

    The number of participants is limited so that there is less impact on the swamp and the birds are disturbed as little as possible.  If you are unable to attend one of the Prothonotary Warbler programs but would still like to help, please contact Shannon Steele at steelesj@co.cal.md.us

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, August 7. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 08/12/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 8

    Ages 10-13; adult participation is not required.

    The Maryland Biodiversity Project needs help documenting all the plants and animals of Maryland. Teens will have fun exploring the park as they capture as many animals on camera as possible.  They can bring their own camera or help catch animals for the naturalist to photograph.  Wear clothes that can get wet/dirty and bring a bag lunch, water, backpack and camera (optional).

    LocationKings Landing Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee: Free for Society members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Monday, August 10 Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 08/13/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park, Dunkirk
    • 10

     Ages 12-16 years, adult participation is not required

    Come explore the creek on this new property and help restore it to a healthier condition.

    Location:  Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Fee per person: free for Society members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Reservation required by August 11



    • 08/15/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 8

    For Ages 9 years to adult

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    The Patuxent River is full of life! We’ll head out in the kayaks, making stops to get wet and use nets to catch and observe some of these river animals like crabs and fish. Includes instruction on kayaking basics and safety.

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) by Thursday, August 13.  No phone or email reservations accepted.

    Fee is per person.
    $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers   

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.


    • 08/19/2015
    • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Hutchins Pond, Owings
    • 6

    For Ages 6-9 years old

    Adult participation is recommended, but not required 

    Come to Hutchins pond where we will teach you how to make a cane pole and use one.  We will fish for bluegill and bass.

    Location: Hutchins Pond

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Program Fee: Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Friday August 14 

    • 08/26/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Following some fun indoor activities and a puppet show, hike out to the pier with the naturalist to look for lizards.  Since the hike is about a mile round trip, we will relax at the beach for a while before returning to the parking area.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele 

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Monday, August 24. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 08/29/2015
    • 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 14

    **Kayaking experience required. So be sure to attend some of our earlier paddles this spring!**

    For Ages 9 years to adult

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Explore the fascinating natural world under the light of the full moon at Kings Landing Park by kayak. Participants may bring their own kayaks and paddle at a discounted rate.

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline is Monday Aug 4th

    Fee is per person. $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers. Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    • 08/30/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lubsy
    • 15

    For teens and adult 

    (must be at least 14; under 18 adult required)

    Join us for an early morning hike around Flag Ponds. We will be sure to encounter lots of bird so be sure to bring a pair of binoculars!

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per family.
    Free for Society members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Download the Registration Form (pdf)

    Registration Deadline is Monday, August 24 


Calvert Nature Society (formerly Battle Creek Nature Education Society) is dedicated to
the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s natural heritage
and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community.
We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through
our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.
The Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

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Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org
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